'I'm just gonna show this statement up someone's arse...'
Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese has hit out at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for not including him in the band’s upcoming induction.
Yesterday, it was revealed that grunge veterans Pearl Jam would be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame alongside the likes of Tupac, Yes, The Electric Light Orchestra and more.
However, the induction only includes certain members of the band’s line-up. Abbruzzese, who played with Pearl Jam from 1991-1994, isn’t happy about being excluded.
“So… Rock & Roll Hall of Fucktardia. Ergh,” he wrote on Facebook. “It makes absolutely zero sense to me…I’m just gonna shove this statement up someone’s arse:
“’As the original ballot is created, the members of each eligible band are determined by largely who was present and active during the most influential recording years’.”
He continued: “I’m not sure how 275+ live shows and 38% of record sales doesn’t fit their criteria…I may write more about this as time travels on… As for now, I look forward to sharing my first solo album with you all. Thank you for sharing your opinions & for your love & support.”
A petition was later launched to have him included, to which he replied: Thank you for voicing your opinion about this wackiness… I am truly honoured that you and so many people have raised up and called it like you see it. It has me overwhelmed for sure, but support such as yours has really got me digging the Hall of Fame that I am currently in. It’s the one where my friends and I are free to enjoy our time, our music and ourselves. It’s the hall that doesnt charge 10’s of thousands of dollars for a seat at the table.”
The drummer also shared a post from one fan who wrote: “Today it was announced that Pearl Jam is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is a travesty that drummer David Abbruzzese will not be included. David was the touring and recording drummer during the bands seminal years. I call upon all of you to protest this absurd decision by refraining from purchasing any further Pearl Jam music or tickets. It may be a small gesture but it is a gesture nevertheless. Let’s abandon the band like they’ve abandoned David.”
Pearl Jam are yet to respond to his comments.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will take place in April.